Bette Davis received her fourth Oscar nomination for playing Leslie Crosbie in The Letter.
The Letter has always been a very simple story, yet is always electrified by it's leading ladies. This version is stunning - the black and white cinematography combined with the overall sinister atmosphere that lingers over the film is magnificent. The story of a wife of a rubber plantation owner in Singapore who shoots a popular British man one night and claims she did it in self-defense. The film can definitely drag down as the film progresses, but at the end, it is a totally satisfying experience.
There is alot of over the top moments that Davis has, but in many ways it suits the story and film perfectly. A genius at this kind of acting, Bette Davis could easily nail this - it's a little off putting, but the character herself is so vamped and off the wall that all of that shaking and loud monologues, it all becomes incredibly fitting and even subtle. Overall it's another fantastic performance from Bette Davis, full of passion and vitality.